Class 1

Team Leaders

Chris Charles
Team Leader
I am a fourth year MEng Mechanical Engineering student, and am the Team Leader on this year’s formula student team. It is my responsibility to ensure that the team meets all time and financial expectations, whilst maintaining good communications amongst the sub-teams. With an aim to continue the progression of Sussex Racing’s performance to our best ever results in the Formula Student competition.
Luke Rondel
Chief Engineer
Hi, my name is Luke, I am a fourth year MEng Mechanical Engineering Student and this year’s Chief Engineer. It is my responsibility, to liaise with sub teams and workshop staff to ensure we build a car on time and on budget. My project within the team is to design and optimise the intake system for the car. This involves the use of 1D engine modelling software, CAD and CFD programs, in an attempt to reduce the impact on performance the restrictor imposes on the engine. I will also be working closely with the electronic sub team to produce the first Sussex Racing car to use a fly by wire throttle assembly.
Sebastian Clarke
Business and PR Manager
My job as Commercial Director heavily involves engaging with existing, potential, and new sponsors from all around the globe, ensuring they receive regular updates on the team’s progress through monthly newsletters, as well as receiving their well-deserved sponsorship rewards. The team’s success is heavily dependent on the finance we can acquire through generous sponsorship, and therefore this is a vital role to be filled in order to bring the best out of our very talented and hardworking team.
Sebastian Clarke
Powertrain Sub Team Leader
As Powertrain Sub-Team Leader, one of my responsibilities will be monitoring my team of four to ensure they reach the required deadlines that’ll keep us on target to our final April build date, as well as ensuring they have the correct resources and capabilities to produce their best quality of work. I’ll also be required to ensure our new Honda CBR600RR engine is mapped for its peak power and efficiency, to give us our best competitive chance come Silverstone 2017, as well as other responsibilities.
Kusal Ranawaka
Aero/Suspension/Braking Sub Team Leader
I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering MEng student. As head of the "Suspension and Braking" sub-team is my responsibility to ensure me and my team reduce lap times as much as possible through precise handling. Within the team my specific role is designing the wishbone geometry and bell cranks of the 2017 SR car. As the head of aerodynamics it is my responsibility to ensure me and my team reduce lap times as much as possible by increasing downforce. A serious aero package has previously never been attempted by 'Sussex Racing' and hence this team's contribution will provide the foundation. Within the team my specific role is in designing the rear wing and possibly an active DRS system.
Robert Buler
Electronics Sub Team Leader
I am a fourth year MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering student, and I am the Electronics Sub Team Leader for this year’s Formula Student team. It is my responsibility to make sure that all the electronics used with the car are of the highest quality and function correctly.

Suspension/Braking/Aero

Kusal Ranawaka
Suspension/Braking/Aero Sub Team Leader
I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering MEng student. As head of the "Suspension and Braking" sub-team is my responsibility to ensure me and my team reduce lap times as much as possible through precise handling. Within the team my specific role is designing the wishbone geometry and bell cranks of the 2017 SR car. As the head of aerodynamics it is my responsibility to ensure me and my team reduce lap times as much as possible by increasing downforce. A serious aero package has previously never been attempted by 'Sussex Racing' and hence this team's contribution will provide the foundation. Within the team my specific role is in designing the rear wing and possibly an active DRS system.
Chris Charles
Front Wheel Assemblies
I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering in my final year of my MEng course. Within the Suspension and Braking team I will be taking on the design of the front uprights and hubs as well as sourcing the wheel bearings. The main objective is to reduce the weight of both designs in comparison to previous years and to improve or match the overall strength of each component. I will be using Finite Element Analysis software to test the design before moving onto the manufacturing phase. In addition to this I am also designing the brake system and to achieve a good brake balance in an attempt to increase performance by improving braking and acceleration.
Josh Wenzel
Rear Wheel Assemblies
I am currently a 4th year MEng Mechanical Engineering student in my second year of involvement with Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. This year I will be working as part of the Suspension & Braking team working on the rear uprights and hubs with the aim of weight saving but still keeping the parts structurally stable to handle the forces while the car is in motion.
Rob Pickard
Front Wing
I am a fourth year Mechanical MEng student, taking part in the Mobil 1 Sussex Racing Team for the first time. I am undertaking the job of designing aerodynamic devices for the car, the first year that the team will implement this. The aerodynamics will help the team push performances and lap times by providing better cornering, handling and braking.

Chassis and Vehicle Integration

Luke Rondel
Chassis
This year we are further developing the hybrid Aluminium Monocoque design with a rear tubular spaceframe from 2016. Including a greater reclined seating position and integrating the drive train inside the back end.
Laurence De Souza
Pedal Box and IA
I am a fourth year MEng Mechanical Engineering student in my first year of involvement with Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. As a part of the Chassis and Vehicle Integration sub team I will be working on the design and manufacture of the IA/bulkhead and pedal box. I am hoping to create a suitable impact attenuator out of honey-comb aluminium that will be both light weight and resistant upon impact. The pedal box will be an original and ergonomic design allowing any driver to smoothly operate the pedals. With both components weight reduction and material selection will be heavily considered.
Nicolay Campo-Celaya
Steering and Driver Controls
I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering in my final year of my MEng course. This year I will be designing the cars steering system, with the aim of making significant improvements to the handling and accuracy of the steering. I will also be working with other team members to adjust the camber, toe and caster of the tyres as well as the Ackerman steering geometry of the vehicle, to provide the optimal steering set up for the car.

Powertrain

Luke Rondel
Intake and Throttle Linkage
Hi, my name is Luke and this is my second year working with Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. My project within the team this year, is to design and optimise the intake system for the car. This involves the use of 1D engine modelling software, CAD and CFD programs, in an attempt to reduce the impact on performance the restrictor imposes on the engine. This is the first year where a significant amount of time and funding is being spent on the intake system as research has shown that an increase of performance is evident when teams have used a tuned intake system. I will also be working closely with the electronic sub team to produce the first Sussex Racing car to use a fly by wire throttle assembly.
Sebastian Clarke
Drivetrain
My project entails the design, manufacture and testing of this year’s drivetrain assembly, a fundamental system of the car that transfers power from the engine to the rear wheels. My personal aims for this project will be to lower the total weight of the drivetrain, whilst maintaining performance and safety. This will be heavily achieved by our new upgraded Drexler differential, the world’s best differential readily available for the formula student competition, for the first time in Sussex Racing history.
Jathusan Varathan
Fuel Tank and Exhaust
I am a fourth year Mechanical engineering MEng student working with the powertrain team for Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. I will be designing the fuel system, gear linkage and the exhaust for this year's car. The main objective is to reduce the noise levels and heat produced from the exhaust while considering the optimum exhaust manifold arrangement. I will also be modelling and analysing the fuel behavior in the fuel tank using Computational Fluid Dynamics software before moving onto the manufacturing phase.
Jonathan Highgate
Cooling
The area of the powertrain that will be my focus is the engine cooling. The aim of this year is to reduce the weight of the cooling system by altering the size of the radiator and fan, the other aspect that will be focused on is reducing the drag caused by the radiator duct. These aims will have to be balanced with cost and performance to ensure that the team meets its goals for the coming year.

Electronics

Fidel Olaye
Wiring Loom
I am a fourth year MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering student. It is my responsibility to make sure that all the electronics used with the car are of the highest quality and function correctly. I will personally be making the wiring loom for the car and looking at ways of improving the electronics used in the car in order to improve our overall performance in the events.
Alex Simpson
Dash and Telemetry
I am a studying for my fourth year of MEng Computer Engineer. My role within the team is the development of dashboard and telemetry systems, my aim is to develop a comprehensive telemetry system capable of communication with the pit team so that data can be shared between the pit and the car in real time allowing remote monitoring of the car's performance.
Robert Buler
Advanced Electronics
I am a fourth year Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng student and in my second year of involvement with Mobil 1 Sussex Racing. I am responsible for developing electrical systems in TS-17 to ensure an optimum performing car with highest efficiency and minimal cost. My main tasks are to implement launch and traction control for maximum acceleration, as well as use of other sensing techniques such as strain gauges and accelerometers to analyse the performance. In addition, I am responsible for keeping an eye on money spending during the year and creation of cost report at the end of the project.

Photo Credit – Tom Hoppe